My dad couldn’t talk or stay awake much the last few months of his life but he was able to muster up the words, “I love you, Tammy” one more time and said, “They’re all waiting for me” before gently passing away in his sleep on October 17, 2018, at 9:30 A.M. My mother & I knew exactly who he was talking about, his best friends, Jim Mueller, Bill Yellin & his grandfather, Hermann Rose who are already in Heaven. I can hear them all say with laughter, the party has just begun.
I’ll always remember our last conversation which centered around the many trips my dad took me on, my favorite to this day is Disneyland in California. My dad lit up like a Christmas tree as we reminisced about our days at the Magic Kingdom. While I was excited to experience every ride, my mom shouted in fright while on Space Mountain vowing to never return. My dad and I always got a good chuckle from that memory. I was also able to show him through FaceTime one of his favorite travel spots in the Bahamas where my dad scored a bunch of silver statues before we boarded a cruise ship.
While I was afforded the luxury of traveling the world, my dad almost lost his life at a very young age trying to survive the aftermath of World War II. After almost starving to death in the Traunstein Refugee Camp, his family immigrated to America in 1957. I’ve always believed it was his humble beginnings that motivated him to make sure everyone else around him was taken care of. He never forgot his German roots and would often fly back to East Germany before the Berlin wall came down to bring his relatives’ basic necessities they couldn’t afford or get on their own. Hans was like a Santa Claus to so many people taking loved ones on lavish vacations and offering up his home to anyone who needed a place to stay.
Ever since I was a little girl, my dad told me intriguing stories about our German heritage that would not only inspire me to write several books but launch my career as a journalist. Thank you, Dad, for your love and support and teaching me to keep going no matter how bad things may seem.
Click on the video links below as we say goodbye to the greatest man I knew.
I’ve covered quite a few high-speed chases from a helicopter in my career over the years but 3 in a week is a bit unusual. Every time I’m in the air covering this type of breaking news, I can’t help but think of my 4 colleagues we lost on July 27, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona.
A wild high-speed police chase in Houston, Texas on Mar 14, 2018.
A police chase across Houston in morning rush hour ends in SWAT taken down the suspect on March 22, 2018.
Standoff with a suspect accused Of shooting a cop in Cypress Hills.
The fiery prosecutor who became famous for putting Jodi Arias behind bars is now facing some serious accusations himself. The State Bar of Arizona confirms another ethics complaint was filed against Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez. According to Freelance Reporter Tammy Rose, the complaint was filed on February 24, 2017 after text messages surfaced between trial blogger, Jen Wood, and herself indicating the attorney may have outed one juror while having an inappropriate relationship with another during the Arias sentencing retrial in October 2014.
Rose says the explosive 25-page bar complaint reads like the book, ’50 Shades of Grey’. Wood talks about a steamy romance she had with the prosecutor to Rose over numerous forms of communication.
Incriminating messages also indicate Wood was privy to sealed information, such as juror names including Juror 17 who was the lone holdout for a life sentence. According to Rose, Wood told her that Juan asked her to find dirt on Juror 17 two days before the jury hung so that he could get her kicked off the panel. In a sealed meeting on March 3, 2015, Martinez learned from a series of juror questions who the holdout was and according to Wood’s text messages went into panic mode.
3/3/2015 1:35:36 PM(UTC-7), “He texted me what happened” (Jen Wood)
3/3/2015 1:37:02 PM(UTC-7), “PIO said juror questions can’t roll” (Tammy Rose)
3/3/2015 1:37:41 PM(UTC-7), “It’s one person who refuses to deliberate or look at pics or evidence (Jen Wood)
3/3/2015 9:58:20 PM(UTC-7), “Any chance of this ending tomorrow?” (Tammy Rose)
3/3/2015 10:02:00 PM(UTC-7), “I couldn’t help. I was bummed. So maybe.” (Jen Wood)
3/3/2015 10:02:33 PM(UTC-7), “Unless they sway her the other way it could happen.” (Tammy Rose)
3/3/2015 10:02:51 PM(UTC-7), “Yes and maybe this has scared the shit out of her” (Jen Wood)
3/3/2015 10:02:56 PM(UTC-7), “She was brought into chambers.” (Jen Wood)
Wood told Rose she found some suspicious activity on the holdout’s social media sites. At a sealed hearing the next day, Martinez targeted Juror 17 with a motion to strike. Juan attached screenshots of Juror 17’s Facebook page but apparently, it wasn’t enough for the judge to dismiss the juror so the trial hung for a second time.
Martinez is also accused of violating rules of professional conduct with regards to another juror who was dismissed. In a recorded conversation with Rose and in other exchanges with Wood, this juror admitted to talking to Martinez on his personal cell phone multiple times before the jury hung. She informed Rose that Juan used the word ‘deepthroat’ in their conversations with each other which she took as a subtle hint he may be romantically interested in her and sent Martinez a nude photograph of herself on his personal cell phone. According to this juror, Juan asked her information about two other women jurors who were still impaneled on the jury.
2/13/2015 8:49:40 PM(UTC-7) “Juror ___ has the hots for Juan.” (Jen Wood)
2/13/2015 8:49:54 PM(UTC-7), “She called him at his office.” (Jen Wood)
2/13/2015 8:49:55 PM(UTC-7), “U got nothing to worry about.” (Tammy Rose)
2/13/2015 8:50:24 PM(UTC-7), “Omg it’s weird. She’s like all over it and said she hopes I’m not seeing him like the rumors say because she feels Over the moon that he talked to her.” (Jen Wood)
2/13/2015 8:52:32 PM(UTC-7), “He better not go for her” (Jen Wood)
2/14/2015 7:49:18 AM(UTC-7), “I need to warn him. I had a bad feeling all night.” (Jen Wood)
2/14/2015 7:53:52 AM(UTC-7), “I’m meeting friend Sunday so I will check on the status.” (Jen Wood)
2/28/2015 5:11:40 PM(UTC+0), “Fucking ______ was blowing up My friend’s phone at 8:30 this morning.” (Jen Wood)
2/28/2015 5:12:32 PM(UTC+0), “He said he’s stopping it after the verdict. He didn’t answer her calls either. I said I’m worried about her telling people anything he has said and he said he’s not worried. He hadn’t said anything to worry about.” (Jen Wood)
Karen Clark, an attorney representing Arias’ interests filed the complaint which alleges a pattern of unethical conduct by the prosecutor. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013 for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. However, the jury was hung on the sentencing phase so Martinez ordered another trial seeking the death penalty which resulted in a second hung jury. This is the sixth bar complaint filed against Martinez since 2015 of which five have been dismissed.
Rose who says she knew about the affair between Wood and Martinez turned over her phone records voluntarily to the bar and an attorney investigating the holdout juror’s leak, after she suspected it may have had something to do with Juror 17’s information mysteriously appearing online as well as other jurors.
All of these text messages between Jen Wood & Tammy Rose were forensically verified by Karl Epps with Epps Forensic Consulting in Scottsdale, AZ.
Martinez, Wood & another unidentified woman who allegedly had an affair with the prosecutor have all denied any unethical misconduct.
Growing up my dad told me an intriguing story about my great-grandfather Richard Pein who was at one time the mayor of Berlitt. A well-respected member of the community, Pein allegedly buried gold coins worth millions of dollars beneath his pig barn shortly before the Russians invaded his small community at the end of World War II. Now, 73 years later I’ve finished a journey my ancestors couldn’t make and return to the home of where the treasure was allegedly buried. Click on the link above to see how the story unfolds.
Growing up my dad told me an intriguing story about my great-grandfather Richard Pein. A well-respected member of the community and head of the local bank, Pein allegedly buried gold coins worth millions of dollars beneath his pig barn shortly before the Russians invaded his small community at the end of World War II. Now, 73 years later I’m finishing a journey my ancestors couldn’t make, to go back to the house and see if our buried treasure is still there.
My life feels like the perfect storm with winds blowing in all directions. However, my faith has always carried me through and it will again this time. The ending to my documentary about my dad is not what I thought it would be but I think it’s important to share in hopes of helping other families struggling with the same type of heartbreak. My mom and I are full-time caretakers of my dad who was diagnosed with Dementia and suffers from other major health issues. Once again, our house swarmed with firefighters & paramedics on a warm Wisconsin Friday night.
I have a passion for storytelling & love investigating crime stories. In a world where you constantly need to reinvent yourself, I’ve worn many hats over the years. From weather, sports & news anchoring to reporting on the ground & in the air via helicopter, I’ve been blessed with a career that’s lasted over 25 years.